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2023 Volume Launch and Lecture: The Papers of Nathaniel Bacon of Stiffkey, volume VII, 1614-22

20 July 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST


The Papers of Nathaniel Bacon of Stiffkey, volume VII, 1614-22

This volume covers Bacon’s last years and ends with his death in 1622. He maintained an admirable commitment to his work as a county justice and as a deputy lieutenant, dealing with the usual wide range of routine issues that came before him (with the active assistance of his highly efficient secretary, Martin Man). He responded to orders from the central government, while consistently upholding the viewpoint of the locality against what he saw as unreasonable demands from above, and at the same time kept a careful eye on the running of his own estates. Bacon’s family life seems to have become increasingly fraught, as relations with his wife and his surviving stepson deteriorated, but he did remain in close touch with his daughters and, in particular, with his grandson, Sir Roger Townshend.


Edited by Barry Taylor and G. Alan Metters


The volume will be introduced in a lecture by Dr. David L. Smith from Selwyn College, Cambridge, and editors will also be in attendance to answer any questions that members may have.


The Lecturer – Dr David L. Smith (Selwyn College, Cambridge)

David read History at Selwyn College and then did a PhD under John Morrill’s supervision. He became a research fellow in 1988 and went on to become a teaching fellow, tutor for graduate students, and then Director of Studies in History. His research interests are in British political, constitutional history in the early modern period, especially in the seventeenth century, and his current major interests include the history of Parliament, the nature of monarchy and royalism, and the career of Oliver Cromwell. One of his most recent (of many) publications has been volume 3 of the new definitive edition of The Letters, Writings, and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell, covering the period 1653 to 1658, which he has co-edited with Joel Halcomb, Patrick Little and John Morrill (Oxford, 2022). Many members will recall that David gave the introductory lecture at the launch of volume 6 of the Bacon Papers in 2017.


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20 July 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST
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